Shearing on the rise at Whitney Acres Farm

CN-MR-3-WHITNEY-ACREwS_876by Laura Rodley

Faye Whitney of Whitney Acre Farms started out with two Shetlands and now owns 27, the largest flock of registered Shetlands in Massachusetts. Currently the executive secretary of the North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association, she has served on the Board of Directors and been the secretary for 12 years. Shetlands caught her interest in 1993.  “I inherited my family farm, and we were down to just two horses. My husband (Phil Lussier) and I thought we should have livestock, and keep sheep to keep brush down.” Their Ashfield, MA farm was started by her great-great grandfather, Walter Lesure, who also raised sheep that appear to have been Merinos, according to an old photo, notes Whitney. She is the fifth generation to work the land.
She located the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy that promoted and protected heritage breeds, and decided, “Let’s get a minor breed and do a good thing.”   [Read more…]

Conservation district shows appreciation for partnerships

CE-MR-3-Conservation-distqrict1by Troy Bishopp

HAMILTON, NY – Architect, Richard Rogers conveyed, “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” When it comes to amassing the people, projects, equipment and financial resources to put practical conservation on the ground, the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District leads the charge in bringing environmental stakeholders together. [Read more…]

Lake Effect whitens north – green grass to the south

CE-MR-4-Lake-effect13by Troy Bishopp

TURIN, NY – Cattle are still grazing south of Utica but travel 45 minutes north of the NYS Thruway and you come upon a winter wonderland. New Yorkers are very familiar with this phenomenon called the “Lake Effect.” Sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy said, “Snow provokes responses that reach right back to your childhood.” [Read more…]

Feeding your horse naturally, part 1

CW-MR-1-Feedong-horse38142by Paul Burdziakowski

How do you properly feed a horse? With so many feed, supplement and hay choices available, many people find themselves wondering exactly what their horse needs for good health and nutrition. [Read more…]

New Year brings new opportunity for farm safety through NYCAMH funding

CEW-MR-1-NYCAMH13by Elizabeth A, Tomlin

Farmers in upstate New York have a chance to upgrade their on-farm safety with the help of a newly established, safety-funding program through the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH).

Julie Sorensen, Ph.D., NYCAMH’s new Director, announced the launching of the ‘John May Safety Fund Program’ at a news conference that took place at Turning Point Dairy Farm in Saratoga County. [Read more…]